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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 May 2005 (USA)
The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

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After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini finally finds the man of her dreams, Kevin Fields, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of her nightmares. A recently fired news anchor who is afraid she will lose her son the way she has just lost her career, Viola determines to scare off her son's new fiancé by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law. While Viola's long-time assistant Ruby does her best to help Viola execute her crazy schemes, Charlie decides to fight back and the gloves come off as the two women battle it out to see just who is the alpha-female. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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He gave her a ring. His mom gave her a finger. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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13 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schwiegermonster  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,312,679 (UK) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

$1,307,593 (Italy) (7 October 2005)
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Mark Ruffalo was originally offered the male lead, but declined. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is at Kevin's house for the party they think is a barbecue she only has a hand bag, but after she sees Kevin with Fiona and goes to leave she is seen packing a suit case. See more »

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[first lines]
[Charlie sitting at her desk at home. Phone rings. Charlie lets the answering machine pick up and listens to the recording]
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: [Answering machine message] Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
[Answering machine beeps to signal beginning of message]
Carol, from LA Temp Agency: [Leaving message on answering machine] Hi Charlie, it's Carol from the L.A. Temp Agency. Listen, Dr. Patel's office needs you for tomorrow. Is that ok? Let me know. Bye.
[Answering machine beeps signaling end of message]
Remy: [Charlie sketching]
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Tina's Dream II
from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Written by Charles Bernstein
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A bad movie, but a very GOOD bad movie.
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is as bad as many reviewers on other sites would have you believe. But it is a good bad movie. WEll, maybe not a bad movie, but certainly low comedy. It is often almost slapstick, but done very well. Sort of like My Friend Vinnie is a good bad movie. Jane Fonda is perfectly cast, and is almost sympathetic at times, turning in a wonderful performance. Wanda Sykes almost holds the story together with her wit, delivery and common sense. J Lo is her usual self, doing a workmanlike job. The plot is inventive and there are a lot of great lines and situations that are real thigh slappers. Elaine Stritch does a superb job as an in-law who pushes Fonda's character toward reason, describing in colorful detail Fonda's humble origins earlier in her career.


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